Category: Psychology Research

Blood Test Could Show Women at Risk of Postnatal Depression

Researchers at Warwick Medical School have discovered a way of identifying which women are most at risk of postnatal depression (PND) by checking for specific genetic variants. The findings could lead to the development of a simple, accurate blood test which checks for the likelihood of developing the condition.

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The Gifts We Keep On Giving

In an article to be published in a forthcoming issue of Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science, researchers from Stanford Graduate School of Business, the Harvard Business School and the London Business School explore the whole question of regifting from the perspective of both the original giver and the receiver who may or may not rewrap and regift.

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UCLA Utilize Neuromarketing To Find Most Effective Anti-Smoking Ads

If you follow the field of neuromarketing, you may be aware that what we report liking or finding most effective is often very different from what our brains tell us we really like. This has again been reported in a new study by researchers at UCLA who looked at both self reported preference and brain responses to public service announcements in relation to smoking cessation.

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Anti-tobacco Ads Help Adults Quit, But Only If They Are Not From The Tobacco Industry

New research released in April’s American Journal of Public Health discovered anti-tobacco advertising does help reduce the need to spark up in adults, however only when the ads are from sponsors not associated with the tobacco industry. In states where anti-tobacco ads were sponsored by private initiatives, pharmaceutical and the state itself, the anti smoking message had greater impact. Ads created or sponsored directly by the tobacco industry prompted more smoking in states which ran these campaigns. However, although the anti-smoking ads delivered by pharmaceutical companies were more effective in getting people to smoke less, running ads for cessation products appear to have turned people off potentially quitting their addiction.

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Fragile X Syndrome Reversed In Adult Mice

New research published this month in Neuron has found a newly developed mGlu5 inhibitor, CTEP, is effect at reversing many symptoms associated with Fragile X syndrome in adult mouse models. While CTEP isn’t currently being developed for humans, the researchers have pointed out that their findings are significant for understanding the condition. FXS, they suggest, is not the result of an irreversible disruption of brain development.

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